According to dfw.cbslocal.com, four people died Tuesday, and nine more were injured in a multi-car accident along State Highway 121 near County Road 528 in northern Collin County.
Investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) now believe the 16-year-old driver of a Pontiac Grand Prix, which was traveling northbound, slowed down to make a left turn. The Grand Prix was rear-ended by a pickup and sent spinning into oncoming traffic, causing three more vehicles to crash. Two of the four people in the Pontiac, 15-year-old Abigail Kendall and 15-year-old Brianna Gesino, both from Anna, died at the scene.
Two passengers in a Ford Focus that was hit by several of the vehicles, 51-year-old passenger Julie Trimble and 51-year-old Wayne Trimble, both from Ivanhoe, were also killed. A four-year-old girl in the car survived, but suffered serious injuries and was transferred from a hospital in Collin County to a local Children’s Medical Center.
Three of the nine people injured were taken to Medical City Plano while the other six were taken to Medical Center of McKinney. Only two of the nine injured are in critical condition.
Officials say their investigation into the cause of the crash is going to be exhaustive. “We want to make sure we do a complete and thorough job with the investigation, and again there’s a lot of parts to it,” Lt. Haschel. “So, these folks are very focused, and they’re going to remain that way until they can piece everything together.”
It is unknown why the truck crashed into the back of the Pontiac of teenagers that initiated the tragic pile up.
Auto Accident Statistics
According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts 2015:
- Primarily based on reportable crashes in 2015, 1 person was killed every 2 hours, 29 minutes. Additionally, 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 8 seconds and 1 reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.
- There were 581 people killed in head-on crashes in 2015.
- Of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and usage was known in 2015, 40.3% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.
- 246,335 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.
- The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2015 was 1.43% deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.05% decrease from 2014.
- Also, Texas experienced a decrease in the number f motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2015 death toll of 3,531 was a decrease of 0.14% from the 3,536 deaths recorded in 2014.
- There were 13,616 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2015 that resulted in over 17,000 people sustaining a serious injury.
- Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 54.52% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,925 deaths in rural traffic crashes.
- Ultimately, single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,255 deaths in 2015. This was 35.54% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015.
San Antonio Car Accident Lawyers
Car accidents have become a natural part of everyday life. Each time we step foot in a vehicle, as a driver or passenger, drive away, we are at risk of being involved in an accident. Sometimes accidents are minor and victims escape injury, but sometimes they are significant, and victims suffer serious injuries.
Regardless of the cause of a car accident, injuries can be substantial and require extensive medical treatment. The cost of the hospital alone can be overwhelming and accumulate quickly. Sometimes people do not have health insurance to assuage the burden for these expensive treatments, and the victims find themselves in dire financial straits. If you have been the victim of a car accident and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation to see if we can help.